Peterborough inclusive choir shines ‘very bright light’ on importance of inclusion

The song, titled Wash Your Hands, was written by music practitioner Ed Davies and his songwriting partner Lesley Beaumont. It is being released by Soundabout, a charity which works to unlock the potential of people with severe and profound learning disabilities by creating musical communities without barriers.

Purple Tuesday was chosen as the release day to raise awareness of the campaign that strives to improve the customer experience for disabled people.

Mike Adams, creator and founder of Purple Tuesday said: “Covid-19 has disproportionately led to isolation for so many disabled people. The Soundabout Inclusive Choir sends out the absolute message that the current situation does not need to increase barriers for disabled people. And the wonders of modern technology can shine a very bright light on the importance of inclusion. Purple Tuesday is about improving the customer experience of disabled people and taking down barriers. We absolutely support the choir in showing how this can be done.”

Clare Cook, Soundabout CEO said: “Our Soundabout Inclusive Choirs, like Purple Tuesday, are all about removing barriers for and with the disabled community. These four music groups bring a great sense of joy to everything they perform, and even though the lockdown has meant they can’t sing together in person, they are still able to connect and share this important message with each other and beyond.”

The Peterborough Soundabout choir is run in partnership with the Peterborough Music Hub and and made possible thanks to support from the National Lottery Community Foundation, Arts Council England, Oxfordshire Community Foundation, MyCool Music Foundation, Youth Music and the Rose Adeane Trust.

Wash Your Hands can be found on Soundabout’s YouTube and Facebook Channel. For more information about the choirs visit soundabout.org.uk or email choir@soundabout.org.uk 

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